Environmental indicators in Slovenia

Environmental indicators are based on graphs, maps and assessments and as such present environmental trends in Slovenia. The indicators represent one of the four pillars of our environmental reporting, and are prepared in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act. The Environmental Indicators in Slovenia website enables users to browse among 180 indicators. They are based on numerical data and they indicate the state, characteristics and trends of environmental development in Slovenia. They are prepared using a systematic approach based on data and monitoring, as shown in the information pyramid.

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Quantities of hazardous waste are increasing. As hazardous waste contains substances harmful to the environment, it has to be collected, recovered or deposited separate from other waste. In 2009, 99.3 thousand tonnes of hazardous waste was generated, which was a 47% increase from 2002, while on the other hand, it was a 36% decrease from 2008, which was the year in which, due to extraordinary events, the largest quantities  of hazardous waste in recent years were generated. 47% of hazardous waste was recovered and 53% deposited in 2009.


Intensity of agriculture in Slovenia is moderate, focusing mostly on improving labour intensity in agricultural production, i.e. reducing the input of labour per unit of area or product. The number of livestock units (LU) per ha of utilised agricultural area, as the most aggregate indicator of production intensity, is stable; in the 2000–2016 period, the stocking density, like in other EU countries, has slightly decreased.


In Slovenia, the producer prices follow the price trends at the key agricultural markets. For this indicator, the particular goal is not set, and for interpreting the fulfilment of the objectives of the development strategy of Slovenian agriculture, besides the producer prices, a review of other economic indicators and of agricultural production is required. Among the other economic indicators, the most commonly production costs (in absolute), indices of agricultural input prices, cost-revenue parity, etc.


The value of agricultural production per capita in Slovenia in the period 2001–2017 fluctuates. The fluctuation is mainly due to the fluctuation of producer prices of agricultural products and the agricultural production volume. In 2017, the producer prices of agricultural products increased slightly, but unfavourable weather conditions with spring frost, summer drought and other meteorological disasters strongly marked the crop production and affected the even lower value of agricultural production compared to 2016.


The phosphorus (P) budget in agriculture declined over the period 1992–2019 (for 97%). Reduction is the consequence of a decreased P intake with mineral and livestock fertilizers, as well as the consequence of increasing the P uptake by agricultural crops. The period up to 2005 was characterized by a surplus of 10 to 15 kg per hectare while after 2005 they were mostly less than 5 kg per hectare. In the period 2004–2015, the P surplus in Slovenia (+4.5 kg per hectare) was above the EU average (+2.2 kg per hectare).


The consumption of mineral fertilisers in Slovenia was reduced by 31 % in the period 1992–2017. Also the consumption of nutrients (N, P2O5, K2O) per hectare of utilised agricultural area was reduced from 135 kg/ha to 98 kg/ha, or by 27 %. In the period 1992–2017, on average 62 kg N, 27 kg P2O5, and 34 kg of K2O per hectare of utilised agricultural area were used. In the period 2007–2016 the average consumption of nitrogen in Slovenia was lower (57 kg N/ha) compared to the EU average (60 kg N/ha).